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French President Bans Mobile Phones from Government Meetings

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The French President has banned his government politicians from bringing their mobile phones into Cabinet meetings. Not because of fears about NSA eavesdropping or political leaks but because he considers them a distraction.

"To focus on what we must do, the president has decided that there will be no more mobile phones in cabinet," government spokesman Stéphane Le Foll told reporters.

In future the politicians will have to leave their mobile phones at the door when they arrive for the weekly Cabinet meetings.

"Each of us will now have to talk and listen to what is said and will no longer be able to tap away at this magnificent tool," the spokesman added.

The new 16-member cabinet was announced last week by the President who is facing poor performance in the recent local elections.

Asked if President Hollande also surrenders his phone at the door, Le Foll said: "I didn't go and check."

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